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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Military is an adjective which apart from the military itself refers to and describes many things within an militant context. One can say something was “designed for military use,” (OED) using military as an organization. This is one of the most often used forms of the word military. However on the other hand another individual could immediately associate the word to military style; which may refer to a military trend within the organization or it might be referring to a style of clothing which is a simplified and civilized form of the patterns and colours associated with the military.  Furthermore, military can refer to the characteristics of a soldier, of a group dynamic or a personal attitude. This could be done by demonstrating the precision or lead under command demeanor associated with soldiers, the military and armies. Similarly soldiers, officers and army officials can also be regarded in this way most recognized as military personnel or in a military class. As dynamic and multi-contextual as this word is, military carries with it a preconceived notion about being associated with the army and war.
The military itself has a long complex history; however the word also has a list of ‘special uses’ where military is used as an adjective simply to refer  noun particular to the military or war. Included in this list is everything from military braid, a weave of ribbon placed on a soldier’s uniform, to military orchid, a helmet often worn in war which has a flower shape. The military itself is a hierarchy organized group of individuals whose goal is to defend their country and on occasion to undermine another, usually under the precedent of keeping the peace.
Military is derived from the French term militaire, which in 1355 was used as an adjective. In 1663 the armed forces and military personnel were a class on to their own which denoted them having their own title. Later in 1755 it was used as an adjective to refer to members of a military. The military is still now, but even more prevalent in the time of the world wars, the classification of a military personnel and military families. The origin and Latin word of military is militaris. The root of militaris is milit that comes from miles, which means soldier, notably of an unknown origin. This is appropriate considering that a military is made up of soldiers, that its name military is derived from the word soldier.

Oxford English Dictionary. “Oxford English Dictionary The definitive record of the English
Harper, Douglas. “Online Etymology Dictionary.”
Oxford University Press. “Oxford dictionaries: The world’s most trusted dictionaries.”
Canadian Military History, “The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament”

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